In this episode, we clear out of Indonesia and head out to sea on a 220 nautical mile sail across the busy shipping channel of the Malacca Strait onwards to Thailand. We have been racing weather the entire journey up the coast and with only more expected storms to arrive in a couple days time, it is off to sea we go hoping to reach Thailand before the weather comes in. With some glorious days of Spinnaker sailing, we really settle into the smooth ride without any presence of ground swell. But we don't reach Thailand before the storm...
Heading north up the Sumatran coast towards the most GNARLIEST patch of water for this whole journey!
In this episode, we have been steadily making tracks north towards Thailand over the last week. With the final stretch in Indonesian waters, we are preparing to round the northern tip of Sumatra. The entire Indian Ocean tries its best to pass through 3 tiny cuts through the land mass. With currents flowing up to 6 knots, we are in for a wild ride if we don't time this right! This could go horribly wrong!
Sailing to Thailand!!! Let the 500 miles begin!
In this episode we are a family at sea on our way to Thailand! For the last few days we had been trying to make ground north through the West Sumatran islands towards the most north western tip of Indonesia to our clearance port Sabang. The weather has been terrible and with only a small window of nice weather before more expected bad weather comes, we have been persevering through some heavy seas, needing to turn around and hide away from weather, been boat bound in the mangroves with torrential rain and then finally sailed north from the island of Nias to Treasure island in the Banyak island group. With still a further 500 nautical miles to sail to reach our final destination of Thailand, the journey is just beginning!
Trying to make ground out of Indonesia we leave a little early and sail directly into a Storm!
In this episode, after missing our great sailing window because of needing to change props... We try to be sneaky and sail 25 nautical miles up the coast before the expected bad weather comes. We didn't make it... We get smashed by a massive squall in 35+ knots and a building confused sea, off the headland we lose our steering. Then the windvane breaks... We have no steering and hove to in massive waves...
In this episode, our time out in this remote atoll has come to an end. Without having any reception for over a week and running off of our 10 day old weather forecast, we have a hint of a feeling that the weather is about to change. We need to get 120 nautical miles north to a safe harbour before the wind changes and we are stuck. Leaving a beautiful place is always hard, but was it early enough... Upwind sailing is fun right?
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